Tools and materials:
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine
Facemasks are important right now; there’s no denying that. Those blue surgical masks, though, are just ugly; there’s no denying that either. I was so sick of my cute outfits being ruined by them, so I started searching for cute facemasks and I found Lirika Matoshi’s gorgeous ones. Not so cute though, was her $50 price tag. So, of course, I had to try making them myself. I’d made facemasks before, but these were a bit different, so it was definitely an adventure. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the process, so that you, too, can make your own adorable facemasks.
Since this facemask was different from the facemasks I usually make, I had to start off by making the pattern. I just found one on google and using my iPad and a sheet of baking paper, I traced the pattern, then cut it out.
I started off with a watermelon print fabric. I tacked down the sides of the fabric to create some ruffles, then I tacked down along the curve where I would be cutting the pattern to keep it all together. I also had to make sure the pleats were matched up on both sides of the mask.
Next, I needed to cut out the fabric. Since the watermelon fabric was sheer tule, I needed to put something behind it. So I used a plain black fabric to go behind the watermelon fabric. So when it came to cutting, I needed two pieces of the watermelon fabric, and four pieces of the plain black fabric, to serve as the lining as well.
I took the watermelon fabric and sewed it onto the black pieces. Then I took both halves and sewed them together with the right sides facing each other. I did manage to get the pleats to line up nicely, but the watermelons on either side did not match up as well. Oh, well, what can you do?
To wear the mask around my head, I decided to make little scrunchies to go on either side of the mask and go around the ears. I took two pieces of elastic, each 6 ¾”, and two 9” strips of the black lining material. I folded each of the strips in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sewed the edges. Then I turned them right side out and, using a safety pin, I fed the elastic through. Then I closed up the remaining openings in the fabric and attached the scrunchies on either side of the mask.
Before adding the lining, I pushed in the scrunchies so that they’d be out of the way and matched the lining onto the mask, right sides together. I then sewed the layers, keeping one side open so that I’d be able to pull the mask through. Once I pulled out the mask, I finished off the seam and did a topstitch on the other side to make it symmetrical.
For the next mask, I wanted to use a rainbow tule fabric. First, I gathered the fabric how I wanted it, fanning it out according to color and pinning down the gathers. Then I went over to my sewing machine and sewed the gathers in place.
Once the material was tacked down, I pinned my pattern to it and cut out the shape I needed twice. I also cut out some white pieces to use behind the tule. I then took both pieces and used pins to make sure the colors were matched up on each side so that they would go from one side to the other without interruption. I was then able to sew the outline of both sides along those pins and cut off the excess fabric, also attaching the white pieces.
Lastly, it was time to make the ties for the mask. I needed two ties on each side, so I cut out four long strips of fabric and folded each one in half lengthwise, right sides together. I sewed the edges, then used a safety pin to turn them right side out. Next, I pinned the ties into place, one on each corner of the mask, and pinned then sewed them down.
Before sewing the lining, I bunched all of the ties into the middle of the mask so that I wouldn’t accidentally sew them down. I then grabbed the lining and placed it over the mask, right sides together. I sewed along the edges, leaving one side open. I then pulled the mask through so that it was right side out, stitched closed the opening, and sewed a topstitch on the other side as well.
There you have it! These masks are so cute! Just to be completely clear, these are not protective as they are only two layers. They’re meant to be worn over the surgical masks so that you’re still protected, but also looking good. I did make some mistakes, but in all, I’m so happy with the way they turned out. The Lirika Matoshi masks are $50 each, and these cost me about $6 each, so I’m definitely thrilled about that. Which is your favorite of the two? Let me know in the comments!
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